“The death rate has to be reduced by ensuring the best system of COVID-19 treatment in the state. Every life is precious to us,” the Chief Minister told the medical teams and officials from the administration during the meeting. … [Read more...] about Shivraj Singh Chouhan orders analysis of each COVID-19 death in M.P.
Earlier in the lockdown, one of us noticed two children who lived on the construction site next door. They said nothing and asked for nothing, but there was hunger and curiosity in their eyes. They were the children of Ranju, a migrant worker from Bihar, who worked at the construction site. The pandemic had brought work to a standstill for her and 15 other Bihari workers — no wages, little food, and no cooking gas. An economic package has since been laid out. Yet, labour distress continues. … [Read more...] about Documenting the story of India’s migrant distress | Analysis
When India published a new map in November last year unilaterally, with the Kalapani region within its terroritory, the Nepali side felt that the move breached the status quo and international conventions on the disputed border, argues Thapa. From Nepal’s viewpoint, if inaugurating the Lipulekh track traversing a disputed territory in the middle of a pandemic was bad enough, the Indian Army chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane’s claim that Nepal was acting at “someone’s behest” – a clear reference to China – only added to the complications. The Indian position is that the new map was published in light of Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir’s changed status as a Union Territory and that the disputed region has always beenin its possession. … [Read more...] about Decoding the India-Nepal dispute | Opinion
Acquiring 80% beds of private hospitals and other facilities is the way forward Data analysis made by the Smart City and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has projected that the city will cross 20,000 COVID-19 cases by end of June. Propelled by this reading, the civic authorities have busied themselves acquiring beds and other facilities of private hospitals to meet the needs of rising numbers as they fear the existing infrastructure will still fall well short of the requirement soon. In fact, the war room calculations put the figure at 22,940 by end-June. However, of this only 9,743 are estimated to be active cases, with about 60 per cent of the total number already recovered. Yet, the officials fear the numbers will challenge the capacity of existing medical equipment, beds and ventilators at hand. According to them, they will soon be confronted with a shortage of 216 intensive care unit (ICU) beds and 107 ventilators. “While the absolute number close to 23,000 looks … [Read more...] about Authorities brace for city crossing 20,000 cases by end of June
New Delhi: At least in the oil sector, the global health emergency posed by the spread of the novel coronavirus has come to the country's advantage.India's oil import bill has fallen close to 10 per cent in FY20 as the increasing spread of coronavirus and demand squeeze globally has depressed the crude oil prices to about 30 a barrel now against a high of over $ 70 a barrel in September and again in January this year. According to provisional data from Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC), in FY20 India's oil import bill slipped to $ 101.4 billion from a level of $ 111.9 billion in previous fiscal FY19. The lower import bill last year came even as quantum of imports increased marginally to 227 million tonnes (MT) from 226.5 MT reported in the previous fiscal. The fall has come mainly on account of generally lower crude oil price in FY20 with the sharp decline of over 50 per cent witnessed in March. The low oil price of around $20 a barrel in April, and expectation that crude may … [Read more...] about India oil import bill falls 10% to $101 billion in FY20